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What is Orienteering?

What is Orienteering?

Orienteering originated in Sweden in the early 1900’s as a military exercise and came to the U.S. in the 1940’s. In 1971 it became officially organized in this country when Orienteering USA  (previously U.S. Orienteering Federation) was founded. The U.S. Orienteering team regularly participates in international competitions, but orienteering is primarily a recreational activity for the weekend athlete, the fitness hiker, and the puzzle junkie.

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What To Expect

What To Expect

☐ Cash for maps, finger stick, or compass rental ☐ Compass with clear baseplate ☐ Lanyard for Compass ☐ Whistle ☐ Water ☐ Snacks ☐ Weather appropriate clothing Before The Event Orienteering is a fun outdoor sport and for the enjoyment of everyone participating in...

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Membership

Membership

Membership is voluntary and not required for participation.  But, members receive discounts and experience the enormously rewarding knowledge that they're preserving orienteering for future generations.  Your membership fees go directly to replenishing equipment,...

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Explaining the Course Color Code

Explaining the Course Color Code

The courses are named by color using a scheme established by the U.S. Orienteering Federation.   Generally, longer courses involve more challenges and more difficult off-trail navigation. As a courtesy to others on the course - please limit your group per map to the...

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How to Choose the Correct Course

Following is a description of orienteering course levels, and the skills required to do them.   This is to help you decide which course is right for you.   Above all, remember that orienteering should be fun.   Choose the course that challenges your current skill...

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Orienteering Terms

Orienteering Terms

This is a partial list of Orienteering terms. For a full list of useful terms, please visit Orienteering USA's Orienteering Lingo page. Aiming Off – to deliberately aim to one side of a control or feature so that you know which way to turn upon hitting the feature...

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Beginners’ Instruction

Beginners’ Instruction

A short orientation session is usually available. This session will give you a few quick pointers on reading a map and doing an orienteering course so you can do your first course. It is a good place to ask a lot of questions. Make sure you review other General Info...

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Registration

Registration

Registration is probably the first place you will see when you go to an orienteering event. Registration is open for a specified time, usually 10:00 AM to 12 noon for most events. You can arrive and register any time during that period. However, make a note of...

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